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Legal Rights For Cohabitees Who Separate

EDM number 582 in 2017-19, proposed by Caroline Lucas on 22/11/2017.
Categorised under the topics of Family law and Cohabitation.

That this House notes that there are currently more than six million people in the UK who live together without being married or in a civil partnership, and that such cohabitees are the fastest growing family type; is concerned that, in England and Wales, such cohabitees have little or no legal protection or ability to access support if their relationship breaks down and they separate; further notes that countries such as Australia, Canada and Scotland legally recognise cohabitation relationships and provide legal protection; notes that Resolution's Cohabitaton Awareness Week takes place from 27 November to 1 December 2017 to help counter the widely held belief that cohabitees are protected under so-called common law marriage, and highlight the benefits of cohabitation, separation and living together agreements; and calls on the Government to act upon Resolution's proposal that cohabitees meeting eligibility criteria indicating a committed relationship have a legal right to apply to the courts for certain financial orders if they separate.

This motion has been signed by a total of 27 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Caroline Lucas22/11/2017Brighton, PavilionGreenProposed
Peter Bottomley22/11/2017Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Layla Moran23/11/2017Oxford West and AbingdonLiberal DemocratSeconded
Stephen Lloyd23/11/2017EastbourneLiberal DemocratSeconded
Jo Swinson23/11/2017East DunbartonshireLiberal DemocratSeconded
Chris Stephens23/11/2017Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySeconded
Liz Saville Roberts23/11/2017Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Daniel Zeichner27/11/2017CambridgeLabourSigned
Graham Stringer27/11/2017Blackley and BroughtonLabourSigned
Jim Cunningham28/11/2017Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Chris Matheson28/11/2017City of ChesterLabourSigned
Marie Rimmer28/11/2017St Helens South and WhistonLabourSigned
Martin Docherty29/11/2017West DunbartonshireScottish National PartySigned
Ronnie Cowan29/11/2017InverclydeScottish National PartySigned
Mohammad Yasin29/11/2017BedfordLabourSigned
Thelma Walker29/11/2017Colne ValleyLabourSigned
John Cryer06/12/2017Leyton and WansteadLabourSigned
David Drew11/12/2017Signed
David Davies14/12/2017MonmouthConservativeSigned
Harriet Harman20/12/2017Camberwell and PeckhamLabourSigned
Tulip Siddiq20/12/2017Hampstead and KilburnLabourSigned
Gareth Snell15/01/2018Stoke-on-Trent CentralLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Faisal Rashid15/01/2018Warrington SouthLabourSigned
Mark Tami04/09/2018Alyn and DeesideLabourSigned
Kate Green04/09/2018Stretford and UrmstonLabourSigned
Hilary Benn10/09/2018Leeds CentralLabourSigned
Chris Williamson26/11/2018Derby NorthLabourSigned

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